POSTED: November 12th 2010

PyeongChang 2018: Committed to environmental carbon-neutral green Olympics

The PyeongChang environmental committee is publishing a report on 'Green Games' / PyeongChang 2018
The PyeongChang environmental committee is publishing a report on 'Green Games' / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, Nov 12: The PyeongChang environmental committee is preparing a special report on staging 'CO2 Free Winter Games' that is due to be published just prior to the IOC Evaluation Visit in February 2011. The committee updated the bid leadership on the progress studies for environmental sustainability.

Bid ceo, Yang Ho Cho, said: "PyeongChang 2018 is committed to adhering to the IOC's Agenda 21 of the Olympic Movement regarding sustainable development, and I welcome the Environment Committee's special report into how we can ensure the most environmentally-friendly Winter Games in history."

PyeongChang is looking to create a 'sustainable winter sports' legacy plan for Green Games and also for future Olympics.

Research has been carried out by Climate Change Research Institute of Korea, the Korea Institute of Energy Research, and corporate partners like Samsung C&T, POSCO and KEPCO.

In 2006 Korea adopted the Green Building Certification Programme into its building codes and this means that all competition and non-competition venues must have a certificate according to the law. All the new facilities and the existing venues will have to meet the standards for low carbon ecologically friendly venues.

The bid plans to recycle rain and waste water, use natural lighting, renewable energy and PyeongChang and the other cluster cities will be modified into green cities leaving their legacy after the Olympics are over.

The 2018 Olympic winter and Paralympic Games will be voted in July of 2011 at the IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Green Games · Olympic bidding · Yang Ho CHo

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